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Fernando Harry Whitehead Livesey

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Sir Harry Livesey GBE (1860-1932), civil engineer, of James Livesey and Son and Livesey, Son and Henderson

1860 Born in Santander, son of James Livesey[1]

1878-83 Trained under his father as civil engineer; superintended work on various railways in South America including Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway, Central Uruguay Railway, Buenos Aires and Rosario Railway and their extensions, ....(Brazil), Taltal Railway, ... (Venezuela), Venezuela Central Railway, Lombardy Roads Tramways, etc

1879 Student of Inst Civil Engineers

1881 Fernando H.W. Livesey 20, civil engineer, was visiting Joseph Livesey 87, retired cheese merchant, William Livesey 64, retired newspaper proprietor, Jane Livesey 59, Mary J. Livesey 40[2]

1885 Entered into partnership with his father, presumably James Livesey and Son

1886 Advanced to Associate Member of Inst Civil Engineers

1886 Advanced to Member of Inst Civil Engineers

1901 Harry Livisey 40, civil engineer, lived with his father James Livisey 69 in Mayfield, Sussex[3]

WWI Promoted to temporary Captain in the Accrington Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment, effective 20 Oct 1914[4]

1916 Harry Livesey was promoted to temporary Lt.-Col. in the Corps of Royal Engineers from 1st August 1916[5]

1917-17 Deputy Director of Inland Water Transport and Docks, War Office

1918 Harry Livesey, Esq., Director of Navy Contracts, Admiralty, was made Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order (K.B.E.)[6]

1920 Knighted by the King, G.B.E.; he had previously been Director of Navy Contracts and subsequently Commissioner for Contract Policy, and Admiralty Representative on Lord Colwyn's Inter-departmental Committee[7]

Seems to have continued to live with his father.

1927 Arrived in Monaco in his yacht[8]

1932 Died at sea[9], on board his yacht in the harbour at Monaco after a long illness[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. I.C.E. proposal
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. London Gazette 6 Nov 1914
  5. London Gazette 1 Dec 1916
  6. London Gazette 4 Jan 1918
  7. London Gazette 26 March 1920
  8. The Times 1927
  9. National probate calendar
  10. The Times June 22, 1932
  • Civil engineer lists
  • Civil engineer records